ex·​pe·​di·​ence | \ ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce expedience (audio) \

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Examples of expedience in a Sentence

the proven expedience of the carrot over the stick in getting the most out of people
Recent Examples on the Web However, the best kind of philanthropy should optimize for impact, not expedience or prominence. Marc Merrill, Fortune, "How philanthropy could fix America’s broken politics," 6 Aug. 2020 If certain long-standing traditions are temporarily scrapped in the interests of expedience, that’s plainly preferable to skipping the event entirely. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The coronavirus threw a 'knuckleball,' but the Triple Crown is still where history happens," 20 May 2020 Outside the bars and brothels, the patriotic choice would have been instant coffee, a longtime trench-war expedience that had secured new shelf-life in the kitchens of Golden Age consumers. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "How Drugs Made American Warfare," 17 Apr. 2020 Dungy and Vincent believe such expedience ignores that there is a deep pool of accomplished candidates. NBC News, "NFL's Rooney Rule: Earnest effort or tokenism?," 24 Feb. 2020 To contrast that decision with the rough justice administered by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions is to wonder about the differences between equity and expedience. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "If Louisville basketball's banner deserves an asterisk, so does the Houston Astros'," 13 Jan. 2020 Kentucky has forsaken the forward pass as an emergency expedience and not a philosophical shift. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football will pass again one day, but not while Lynn Bowden is dicing up defenses," 30 Nov. 2019 Thus for the majority, patriotism is an expedience. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Patrios," 16 Sep. 2019 For the sake of expedience, a vast majority of those cases — 1,967 to date — have been collected in one federal court, in what is known as a multi-district litigation. New York Times, "Groundwork Is Laid for Opioids Settlement That Would Touch Every Corner of U.S.," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of expedience

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Expedience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedience. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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